Strikeforce has officially released the roster for their “Villasenor vs. Cyborg” event on June 19th inside the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. Although there are plenty of no-names on the card, the main event could prove to have title implications.
Word on the street is that Strikeforce is seriously considering manufacturing an interim middleweight title while their reigning 185-pound king Cung Le continues to pursue his budding acting career.
The winner of the Joey Villasenor-Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos matchup will join Jake Shields and Nick Diaz on the short list of Strikeforce interim champ hopefuls. Evangelista is the husband of another popular “Cyborg,” his wife Cristiane, who is preparing for her mega-fight against Gina Carano in August.
The event will be the San Jose, California-based organization’s first venture into the state of Washington as the promotion continues its agressive expansion efforts.
Their “Lawler vs. Shields” show that was held this past weekend in St. Louis, Missouri was the furthest east that Strikeforce had ever traveled. Traditionally, they hold their events near on the West Coast.
Here are the fighters slated to be competing in the Showtime event:
Len Bentley vs. Marques Daniels
Travis Doerge vs. Landon Showalter
Lyle Beerbohm vs. Duane Ludwig
Brian Caraway vs. Alex Zuniga
Dennis Hallman vs. Cedric Marks
Cory Devela vs. Luke Rockhold
Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah Kaufman
Jorge Gurgel vs. Conor Heun
Tim Kennedy vs. Nick Thompson
Joey Villasenor vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos